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  • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (Movie Tie-In Edition)

  • Written by: Judy Blume
  • Narrated by: Laura Hamilton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (Movie Tie-In Edition)

Written by: Judy Blume
Narrated by: Laura Hamilton
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Publisher's Summary

The beloved coming-of-age novel from the author whose “name has long been synonymous with young adult fiction” (Los Angeles Times).    

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is very special.” (Amy Poehler, quoted on Vulture.com)   

“Generations of teenage girls have grown up reading the tales of teenage angst told by beloved author Judy Blume.” (Mashable.com)   

Margaret Simon, almost 12, has just moved from New York City to the suburbs, and she’s anxious to fit in with her new friends. When she’s asked to join a secret club, she jumps at the chance. But when the girls start talking about boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret starts to wonder if she’s normal. There are some things about growing up that are hard for her to talk about, even with her friends. 

Lucky for Margaret, she’s got someone else to confide in...someone who always listens.   

“The first Judy Blume books I read...served as a kind of introduction to myself.” (John Green quoted in The New York Times)

“Mention Judy Blume to almost any woman under a certain age and you're likely to get this reaction: Her face lights up, and she's transported back to her childhood self - curled up with a book she knows will speak directly to her anxieties about relationships, self-image and measuring up.” (NPR.org)   

“Fans, readers, booksellers - even other authors and celebrities - often dissolve into tears upon meeting [Judy Blume], confessing that books like “Forever...” and “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret” got them through adolescence; taught them about sex, love and friendship; and provided their first glimpse of adulthood.” (The New York Times)    

“Blume wasn’t the first writer to legitimize and celebrate the interior life of young girls.... But Blume’s work feels significantly more influential than that of her predecessors and peers.” (The New Yorker)   

“These stories belong to young women. Real young women.” (Diablo Cody, Entertainment Weekly

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What the critics say

"If anyone tried to determine the most common rite of passage for preteen girls in North America, a girl's first reading of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret would rank near the top of the list." (Amazon.com review)

Editorial Review

A beloved coming-of-age story from the equally beloved author Judy Blume, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is as relevant and memorable today as it was in 1970 when it was first released.

Judy Blume, the author of such bestsellers as Summer Sisters and The Edge of Seventeen, is revered as one of the most loved writers of relatable middle-grade and young-adult fiction. Her stories are a trove of preteen angst and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is no exception. Margaret Simon is an almost 12-year-old sixth grader who has just moved from New York City to the suburbs of New Jersey. Raised by Christian and Jewish parents, she sets out to explore her religious identity as she grapples with getting her first bra, menstruation and making new friends. As Margaret's family goes through their issues, the story unfolds in deeply relatable, funny and moving ways.

More than 50 years after the book's release, the film adaptation of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, from Lionsgate, directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, is being released in 2023. The film stars Rachel McAdams as Margaret's mother, Barbara Simon; Kathy Bates as her paternal Grandmother, Sylvia Simon; Benny Safdie as her father, Herb Simon; and Abby Ryder Fortson as Margaret.

Margaret's relationships with characters like Laura Danker, Moose, Gretchen, and Nancy Wheeler make this story a beloved tale of the first times, angst, loneliness, and innocence that comes with adolescence. This audiobook, narrated by Laura Hamilton, is the ideal way to introduce this story to a new generation needing Judy Blume's brilliance.

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Love it Totally! Best girl book for coming of age. I love Judy Blume ♥️

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I have loved this books since I first read it on the 6th grade...which was many a year ago. I have it in paperback and I love the story. This is a great read/listen to people of all ages.

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The best audiobook ever

The story was amazing and I related to it also it was just I don’t know how to explain it but definitely listen to this if you are a girl and 10-13 age you would maybe relate to it too it’s just awesome

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